I have been re-reading Jeffrey Archer's The Fourth Estate, and saw this sentence:
..he would cycle to the offices of the Courier and watch the first edition come off the stone, returning to school...
Wikipedia says that in the United Kingdom, the actual phrase off stone is "the moment at which an edition of a newspaper is finalized for printing and no further changes can be made."
In my experience at various upstate NY dailies and periodicals, we used to say "put the edition to bed".
Is this the same, and maybe a misuse of the phrase?
In the case of the quoted context, I think we used to say 'come hot off the press'.*
*according to some etymologies, that phrase comes from the days of using lead lino-type, but off-set printed newspapers are also hot to the touch when they come off the press...
...which is one of the reasons that in an emergency birth, it has sometimes been recommended to use a fresh newspaper as they are usually quite sterile.